Surf Grass

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Phyllospadix attached to a rocky substrate in low intertidal, which experiences high wave energy.

Fig. 1 Habitat range of the three pacific northwest surf grass species.







Surf Grasses commonly reside in low intertidal and subtidal environments. The rhizomes of adult plants adhere to rocky substrates in high wave energy environments.


Pacific Northwest Species

P. torreyi tends to grow from southern Vancouver Island to the Baja Peninsula P. serratula has a range from Alaska to Washington. P. scouleri can be found from Alaska to California. Habitat ranges can be seen in Fig. 1  (Wyllie- Echeverria S. and Ackerman, J.D and North America, 2008)


Wyllie- Echeverria S. and Ackerman, J.D. The Seagrasses of The Pacific Coast of Northern America. World Atlas of Seagrasses . Ed. Green E.P. and Short F.T. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. 284 – 286.

North America. 2008. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. May 29, 2009. <>.